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tv   Bay Area Focus With Susan Sikora  CW  December 16, 2012 8:00am-8:30am PST

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24/7, the memorial church helps those in need. hear how you can help. the reverend and janice katani are here before you finish your holiday shopping, learn how to protect your credit. i'm susan sikora and that is on "bay area focus" next.
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. welcome to the show. i'm susan sikora. the fiscal cliff is our newest worry. for some folks, it's an everyday matter. they live there and beyond. for their, their survival needs, food, clothe, and shelter is and has been a steady challenge. how it happens varies person-to- person but they all need compassion and support from those of us who can get it. glide pem memorial church gives it 24/7. under the pastorship of reverend cecil williams, the doors have been open to those who need it. and with his wife, the mayor has made san francisco's glide memorial a welcoming place to feed the hungry and so much more. this holiday season, we welcome back glide founder reverend cecil williams and the founder,
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gloria katani. thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> so good. >> and this is a show i shouldn't be paid for. >> that's right. >> we enjoy being here. >> i'm sorry, go ahead. >> no, no, i'll wait. you want me to talk now? >> i want to you talk now. go ahead. [ laughter ] >> and i can't hold back. again, you captured what we are and we're a compact at group of folks who, for close to 50 years now, it will be 50 next year, have tried to make sure that we have been courageous with people so they can become courageous. and that they can also affirm themselves and become those who are strong and who are moving out of the cycles of poverty. >> oh. and we could not do it without friends like you. >> that's right. >> and who let our work be known. thank you. >> we're glad you come here to let people know and how they can help and they can give a
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little bit. it adds up after awhile. and let's talk about the needs right now. we heard a recent study saying that poverty levels are up because more people are trying to make ends meet. they may noton the street, but at home, an issue of whether or not we're going to have a meal or pay the rent or the mortgage in some cases s critical. >> that's right. >> and we're see manager people in need of medical -- here. and emotional support. seeing more violence and so our women's center is seeing more women who are in need of recovery. >> uh-huh. >> and support. >> yeah. >> and our children. we have such beautiful children. our programs are so supportive of them. >> when you mention the violence, i want to go back to that for a second. people say that is bad behave year. the truth of the matter is it doesn't excuse violence. when people get desperate. >> yes. yes. >> and the tension is very, very high out there and that
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trust level is out there. >> uh-huh. >> and we have wonderful recovery programs. it's not just the women but the men are learning about the cause and what the causes are of their anger and how to manage that about ther. >> the problem, though, we have had to cut back and that hurts. in other words, where we went one level in regards to serving meals over a million in 2010, we have had to cut back in the last two years. >> you don't have the resources? >> that's right. >> reporter: and what is -- where is the lack? is it the people who used to be able to give you money can't or gave you more and have to give less or some of them are newly on the line? >> we think part of it has to do with the fact that, as you well know, in the last three or four years, it's been pretty difficult. the economy turned down rather than going up and that being the case, we have had to become
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a people who can't go and get what we need and we have had to cut back. >> you hear stories about how wasteful we are as a nation, a lot of throw outfood. i forgot it was in the frigerator this week. >> yeah. >> and i think people pay in terms of i paid $20 for a dinner and i go for coffee and, you know, i pay $5. you don't cut back on the things that you really love, but when you think about charity or thinking about giving, that is where you cut back and there is that fear factor, too, that people are losing jobs, people are fearful of not having enough, and i think during the christmas holiday season, we have become more, we have become more materialistic. >> yeah. >> and let's face it, rather than trying to capture the spirit. >> you see it on black friday. people are out there and shoving each other away because
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they want whatever it is. i understand if you need a bargain, you want to get the one thing. >> yeah. >> and when you have to load up your car with excess. >> yeah. >> and after awhile, you have to say what am i doing with this? in other words, can't people maybe, and this is an idea that i am tossing out. >> right. >> and it's like -- nobody's saying you have to take your whole shopping list and throw it away and now i'm going to be a monk. good for you. okay, the bottom line is if your kids want 10 things, i remember when my mother said santa will give you one thing or two things and do not make your list too big, why can't you tell your kids that? >> and speak of kids, the goal is 8,000 toys on december 22nd. they start lining up the day before in our parking lot. >> and that is meaning there
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are a lot night before in the cold. >> in the cold. >> and we -- the parking lot in case of the inclemency, but they're out there. >> uh-huh. >> and on the 19th of december, we see people lining up at 4:00 in the afternoon the day before. and that says something about need and desperation and said something about, you know, our need for people to help us. >> yeah. >> and we have a great victory this year with the giants. and it's because of the teamwork and reminds me that we are in this together. >> and i think. we'll talk about this, too, there are people who are longtime poor and get discouraged, i would think, and people who are newly poor and are in shock. >> yes. >> do you feel that? >> yes. >> and seeing a lot of that, it
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means that even, for instance, suicides on the increase. those kinds of issues related to how people can go on every day and make things happen for them. >> yeah, yeah. >> and for others. they becoming more serious, and we're having to look at those issues much more intensely so that hopefully we can get some relief and some way by which we can touch each other's hearts, minds, and souls. >> yeah. >> again and again and again and come to a realization that all of us should work together and none should eliminate themselves and say i don't have enough or i have everything and i'm not going put anything out for those folks out there who are on the streets. >> yeah. >> and -- . >> just pick yourself up by the bot straps thing. i don't know and to me, it's a way of saying i don't have to do anything. left, we're going -- all
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right, we're going to take a break. grab a pencil or your favorite iwhatever it s the electronic device to make notes where can you take notes down and we'll give you a website, it's easy. and we're going to give you dates and ways to help glide. when we return. woman: i remember the moment. -i'll never forget that moment. woman: that changed my life. man: at that moment, it hit me -- this is why i joined the guard. we're soldiers, always ready to protect our country, but we've also got communities -- family, friends, neighbors -- who count on us. i couldn't believe it. i just saved a life. somebody from my hometown. announcer: see what it means to be a citizen-soldier, at
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. >> reporter: we're back with the husband and wife ministry team. that is my favorite expression. >> i think, you know, the pope should get a clue. i know he didn't want to hear from me. okay, anyway, the husband-and- wife mystery team that makes glide memorial a legend in san francisco, a welcoming place for those who really need it and work more than anything. let's, first of all, let's get to, before our turn gets away from us. we can talk all day. the dates that are important. okay, you're doing a bunch of things and already, thanksgiving, how many meals did you do? >> 5,000. >> yikes, okay. >> and december 19th, you have a grocery bag giveaway from 7:30 in the morning to after 91:00. >> that's right. >> and can go to that? >> it's open to everyone who needs it. we hope to give out 6,000 bags of grocery; we had to cut back.
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we need turkeys and donations, contributions of cash for the grocery bag. >> the show airing on the 16th, sunday. >> yes. >> and this is on the ninth. asap, if you're on a donated turkey and do you want frozen? >> frozen. >> and this week, start. that okay. >> all right. >> you know, susan, you're reality good. >> you know what? >> i went to catholic school. >> and you get right to it, you know. >> and wait, december 22nd. that is 9-11 in the morning and do not wait until the 21st. can you if you have to and what kind of toys do you need? >> now, unwrapped toys. >> yeah. >> and we don't accept guns or military toys. >> yes. >> i would say the ages of 4-12 are the most popular ages that
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we need to serve and we'll take basketball, footballs, whatever and sports equipment. >> new. >> new. >> new. >> don't clone out the closet and think you're doing something good. go to goodwill with that. >> yes. >> and we want to make sure we get in and that is on christmas eve. we provide for people a christmas eve lunchon. >> that is coming up next. what do you need for that? >> frankly speak, because of the goodness of one of our good friends, a great person when he donates the food, and he donates. >> a few thousand pounds of prime rib. >> that is covered? >> yes. >> and anyone can come to that between 11-2? >> yes. >> and that is mostly for the seniors, right? >> no, for everybody. >> okay. >> and that is -- and to -- a
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good friend, doing it for hears. >> wow. >> and that is covered. now to the christmas dinner, december 24th and 25th. you have -- i'm counting here, if i were cooking for, this god help you if i ever am, three dinners, right? is any that is -- and that is a dinner pressure on the 24th. what happens? >> they preparing. >> preparing leading moles, right? and they're preparing the basic food. >> okay. >> and the vegetables, any kind of contributions at that particular time, they're closing things out and making sure that people will be experienced, of course, the 25th. >> uh-huh. >> and so, we bring people in volunteers to help put all of the basic stuff together. >> okay. >> and you have the volunteers? >> yes, we have enough now. >> okay. >> and we're going to have 500 volunteers on christmas. >> that's great. >> christmas day. >> we serve a breakfast at 7:30
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on christmas day. >> okay. >> and 7:00 a.m. to 830time a.m. here? >> yes. >> and then the christmas feast, which includes turkey and gravy, stuffing all of those fixings. starts at 9, and then we have two celebrations, one at 9. >> and when you say celebrations, you're talking about the church? >> yeah. >> and that is not a requirementfo to get the meal? >> no, no. >> i want to make that quick, that has been a criticism in some places. >> you stay with that because people need to know. >> yeah. >> and that we, when you turn away a person because of other things, it really has an impact on how that person lives. >> uh. >> the next day. or the next year. and this is why it's important to open up to people and let them know that we have a welcome table. >> uh-huh. >> and that is unconditional. come as you are and interact with each other as you eat your
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christmas dinner. >> okay and we need turkeys early on and brand-new toys unwrapped as soon as possible and they deliver them to glide? >> 330 ellis. >> okay. >> and, of course, if you don't want to leave your home and you have a computer or an app thing going on, can you donate and that is easy. >> yes. >> a moron could do it. it's simple and we're going to talk about credit in the next segment. a secure website, correct? >> yes. >> and i am on your mailing list, i gave you a check here and there. that is not the point. the point is you do get mailings but it's not an annoying give me money every five minutes and that is important. the first thing it said was thank you. >> yeah. >> and that is important. people get asked for money a
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lot. do you get discouraged? there is so many in need right now. >> yeah, sure. i get discouraged. i expect that people are going to be generous and courageous and they going to reach out to other people and that is they may need be like them or look like them. i get discouraged when i see it's not working and people go through things that denigrate them and make them feel less than human. i get despondent when that takes price place. >> and he feels upliftd when he sees the lives changing. we hear the stories every day. >> you get time to talk one on one with people? >> yes. >> we make a platform of time and that is what connect people
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and bring everyone to the table. no one is better than anyone else and because you havemon or whatever, does not make you better than listen-only mode on the streets waiting for a meal. >> and we tell you about a lot of good stuff on this show and i don't know if they get a vacation. they're giving them what they need to get through and encouraging them. so, in your job, think about what you have and what you're going spend. take that exes is and give it to go to the website and look for the word donate and just literally follow the directions. it's tax deductible, easy to do and what more can we say.
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>> i thank you story be -- for being here. >> thank you. >> and for what you do for us. >> thank you. >> and remember, there for the grace of god. go you. >> stay with us, more ahead. >> thank you again.
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. >> you can also, i think, text and can you do it by app on the iphone if you want to donate to glide that way. don't forget that. okay. all right, meet erica sanberg, a financial expert, reporter and author, the editor at large
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of's credit card guide. she wrote expecting mean, the essential financial plan for new and growing families. before you wrap up your holiday shopping, if you're using a credit card, a few smart moves can prevent hassles later. erica, welcome. >> thank you so much. >> and let's talk about charities for a moment. i know their website is secure. i never had a problem. >> yeah. >> and that is secure all of the way. what do you look for specifically? >> there are a couple of things. look for the s, that shows secure where you log in and where you put the website in and also, just check them out and go to, nitted way and make sure you're donating to a good organization, where most of the proceeds will go to the services and not to admin stuff. >> and that is like glide.
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>> my mother-in-law was robbed of a couple thousand in cash. that is the problem with cash. once it's gone, it's gone and credit is fabulous, especially in the rush in the stores, right. and i left my wallet at the couldn't before. you're safe and protectd. >> and that is the idea. how do you do that? i want to be safe and not lose the cash and don't want to get in the store caught up with the rush or the fact that it's the last minute here and there is a week before christmas. i am more tempted to say give it to me. i have no time to fool around. >> and there is a few things.
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most people forget every gift in february. >> do i need to bump it up? >> exactly. is someone going remember x, y, and z or going the frenzy because i think this is important. it's not. >> the bills are going to come. >> respect your own personal financial situation if it's going to propel you into debt and you're going to feel sick, don't do it. >> yeah. >> and what are the worst moves? >> randomly opening up credit cards. they're going to say how about opening a card for us? >> get your 10% off today. >> right, if you don't need it, don't get it. because they're smiling and would love to have that, doesn't mean you should have it and it adding another inquiryfo your credit report. your score will go down and adds temptation. >> uhm,. >> and another line that you can use and go into debt for. >> and i have that feeling, i don't know y we have all known
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better but it's almost like free money. it's a clone account. >> absolutely. >> you have $5,000 to spend and feels like a $5,000 bonus. >> uh-huh. >> and that is not. often with retail accounts, the higher interest. >> and you're in the store. maybe the parking meter is expiring. >> shop for the mall for the experience and walk around and shop online for the actual purchasees and it makes a lot of sense. can you scale back and think this and comparison shop. >> why? >> give them to the people who enjoy going out and shopping. >> uh-huh.
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>> and i don't. they a waste and people lose them and what happened to the card i got? it got thrown away and you forget about it. >> and the thefts and scams, are they up? >> y that always up. every holiday shopping season the scams rise. it's just because it's so easy. people make dummy cards, so you go to purchase something, right, and it could be the cashier or someone else. i will make a dummy card out of your numbers and personal identification. and it's, you know, keep it sacred. >> okay. >> and, obviously, if cash is lost or stolen, it's gone. >> use a credit card but watch your budget. >> get more tips and advice on credit card use at erica's website, credit that is credit thank you for being here. >> thank you. we leave you now with a look at the renowned glide memorial choir. i'm susan sikora. thank you for watching.
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